According to a latest patent filed by Apple, it hints towards the fact that Apple might be working on a location based service called Places, just like Foursquare and Gowalla etc.

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The patent was as usual uncovered by the famous site Patently Apple. Considering how badly Ping is performing right now, this move from Apple might suggest that Apple won’t let go of social networking services that easy.

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We’re dead on sure that this service will solely be available for iOS devices only if it ever does see the light of day. Using your iPhone’s or iPad’s GPS to track your friends is a neat idea but its not a brand new innovation in my opinion. Since services like that are already available, like Foursquare, Gowalla and even Google Latitude. Let’s leave this up for time to reveal the mysteries of this yet to be born child, Places.

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